- Kiri compliments the moon design of Glen's tattoo, not realising its significance
- Chloe and Kiri agree just to be friends, so as to avoid ruining the housemate vibe
- David, Aaron and Freya resolve to try and find the $50,000 to pay off the blackmailer
- Paul asks Montana if she's been planning on telling Terese she's been cooking the books for years
- Terese pleads for an opportunity to show Montana some alternative fashion venues across the city
- Paul tells Montana he wants her to spend as much of Lassiter's money as she possibly can
- He promises to keep Montana's secret in exchange, but there is one more condition
- Tearfully, Montana tells Leo that their relationship is over
Lassiter's Rooftop Pool
Leo asks Montana why she's ending things between them.
MONTANA: We are in different places; we would never see each other.
LEO: But you said you cancelled Toronto so you could be with me?
MONTANA (tearful): I let you assume that, but it was purely business. I should've been more honest - I'm sorry.
LEO: I don't understand. Well, is there anything I can say or do to make you change your mind and give us a shot?
MONTANA: ... I don't want you to embarrass yourself. Goodbye, Leo.
She gets up and walks away, leaving Leo confused and hurt.
Chloe is encouraging Kiri to put something personal in the living area, so that it feels more like home for her. Having dismissed the idea of a model horse she has, Kiri looks through old photos of herself for one she can frame. Kiri passes Chloe one of them.
CHLOE: How cute are you?!
KIRI: Yeah, that's my Xena Warrior Princess phase.
CHLOE: Phase? She never goes out of style. Little Chloe was more into sequins and Glomesh purses.
Glen pops by.
CHLOE: Did you know that Kiri was a secret horse girl *and* a warrior princess?
Glen notices Kiri's photos on the table, and quickly changes the subject, asking if Kiri got the email from Leo about the two of them going to pick up supplies tomorrow. They agree to go first thing in the morning, and Glen leaves again.
Montana comes to see Paul in the office.
MONTANA: You got what you wanted; your son's miserable.
PAUL: Hardly on me, though, is it? What did you think was possibly gonna happen when you got arrested for large-scale fraud?
MONTANA: He could've forgiven me, if he'd been given the chance.
PAUL: Yeah, well, fortunately that's a decision he doesn't have to make anymore. Right now, your focus is to be on Fashion Week. I want no expense spared. In fact, the more outrageous, the better.
MONTANA: I'm not gonna let my strings be pulled by some... bitter divorcee.
PAUL: You know, I could out you now. And then you'd have to deal with the media attention, and, ooh, the public humiliation while you waited for the police to turn up.
MONTANA: Paul, stop!
PAUL: Or, you can do what we both want. And that's to make Lassiter's fashion week your glorious last hurrah. Hm?
David and Aaron are trying to figure out what to do about raising the blackmail money, given their savings won't cover it and they can't extend the mortgage in time.
AARON: Are you sure you can't ask Paul and Leo?
DAVID: I won't make them an accessory to this.
AARON: You know, if we knew who we were dealing with, we might be able to bargain with them for more time.
DAVID: If we knew who we were dealing with, we'd know whether one payment was enough, or whether we pay them and this nightmare just rolls on.
AARON: Well, if it is Emma or Dean, we're gonna catch them out eventually.
DAVID: I don't share your optimism.
Aaron suggests trying to get a business loan via The Shed, but David isn't keen, saying Aaron could be risking his business for nothing.
AARON: What if we can't pay?
DAVID: They follow through. Tell everyone what I did.
Freya is at the bar, looking conflicted. She starts making a phone call to somebody, but then hangs up.
Levi is watching her while he plays a game of pool with Toadie. Toadie asks if Levi's heard from Kyle since the move to Darwin; we learn he and Roxy are currently house-hunting. Levi continues to be distracted by Freya, and Toadie can't help but notice.
TOADIE: So, what's the latest with you two?
LEVI: Umm... you know, after everything that happened with Gareth, I think she just wants to be friends.
TOADIE: Yeah, well, you know - no-one would want to rush into a new relationship.
LEVI: Yeah, yeah, that's why I'm trying to be patient.
Toadie says he hopes it works out for Levi. Meanwhile at the bar, Freya is looking thoroughly miserable...
Leo is lying on the couch when Paul comes in. Leo explains that Montana has broken up with him, and Paul acts surprised.
PAUL: No, really?
LEO: It was out of the blue. I thought things were ramping up, not ending.
PAUL: Yeah, well - you know, maybe it's better to find out now if things aren't right than when things get more serious.
LEO: Yeah, I know we weren't together for long, but... you know, for the first time since Britney, I - well, I was feeling really good, you know? Not like a... a widower. I just don't get it. I don't.
PAUL: Look, son - let's face it, Montana was shiny and new and fun. But, hey, if she can change in the blink of an eye, is it really worth it? Don't get me wrong, I'm so pleased you're out there again. But... just hold out for somebody more stable, eh? Somebody who can really be a mother to Abi, yeah?
LEO: Thanks, Dad, but it's a bit soon for logic, hey?
Paul makes sympathetic noises and follows his time-honoured routine of looking genuinely sad for Leo even though he's the one who's orchestrated the collapse in his relationship.
Terese and Montana are walking over a bridge in Melbourne (from what I can gather, it's the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge). Terese is telling Montana about the possible locations for Fashion Week events that they're about to go and visit. Montana is looking distant and upset, and eventually says she wants the venue for the final event here on the bridge!
TERESE: No, we decided to use smaller, unique locations...
MONTANA: I didn't come here to put my designers in some... no-name back alley.
TERESE: But the charm of Melbourne is its hidden laneways and its spaces. We could showcase that side, make it exclusive - cut down on the costs.
MONTANA: I built my name on excess. My guests deserve the best.
TERESE: But you agreed on seeing my more affordable locations.
MONTANA: Well, I changed my mind! I only want A-list locations from now on.
Terese looks worried.
A road somewhere
Glen and Kiri are chatting in the car while on their way to pick up the supplies for Leo - they're discussing the weather forecast for later, and whether they'll have to put the awning out at the vineyard. Kiri says she loves rain, and sings a 'weather song' for him that her mum used to sing to her as a kid. Glen smiles uncomfortably.
'Two Tickets to Paradise' by Eddie Money is playing on the radio, and Kiri sings along...
KIRI (singing): I've got two chickens, a pair of dice...
GLEN: Excuse me?
GLEN: It's 'I've got two tickets to paradise'!
KIRI: Ohh. I wondered why they had two chickens and a pair of dice. I'm bad at lyrics.
She continues to sing...
KIRI (singing): Won't you pack your snags and leave at five?
GLEN: It's bags!
KIRI: (...) I like my version better.
Glen smiles, evidently enjoying his time with Kiri.
Terese and Montana are still on the bridge. Terese is frustrated with Montana's complete U-turn on their plans, but also senses a change in her mood.
TERESE: Listen, did something happen? Is everything okay with you, because I just feel like... I dunno.
MONTANA: Leo and I broke up last night.
TERESE: Oh, gosh. I'm sorry. You know what? Maybe today isn't a good day to make decisions (...) Why don't we indulge ourselves in the best pick-me-ups Melbourne has to offer?
MONTANA: I'm fine.
TERESE: Well, I reckon you'll be more fine once I take you to my favourite shoe boutique.
Montana smiles, despite herself.
Aaron, David and Freya convene to discuss their plan of action. Freya's contributing $5,000 to the ransom, which she got from selling Gareth's possessions after he left - so it's 'kind of like he's paying his own debt'. But even with David and Aaron's savings, they're still $20,000 short of the required amount. Aaron fetches the watches that he and David got instead of engagement rings.
FREYA: Guys, you can't sell them. You can't.
DAVID (sighs): We should at least find out what they're worth.
AARON: I think so too. I'll take them down to the pawn shop at Anson's Corner.
Leo comes in with Abigail, and reveals that he's split up with Montana. He asks if he can hang out with David here, as Paul was 'being kind of annoying' at home. David says that's fine. Freya heads out with Aaron, and David tells them to let him know how they get on.
On the riverbank, Terese tells Montana she'll handle any vineyard/Fashion Week crossovers so Montana doesn't have to deal with any 'awkward Leo encounters'. Knowing what it's like working with an ex, Terese wants to save Montana that 'unpleasant experience'. Montana thanks her.
MONTANA: Not so fun working with Paul, huh?
TERESE: Well, you've seen the thorny side yourself. I'm just hoping that we find a new normal so we can focus on the business. But Leo hasn't got the same vindictive streak that Paul does. He won't make this painful for you.
Terese gets a text from the venue they were due to go and see, and asks Montana if she can be persuaded to have a look after all.
TERESE: I know that you will love it.
MONTANA: Are you taking advantage of my weakened state?
TERESE: ... No. No, of course not. But I do have to ask - do you think all these expensive things you're demanding are gonna make you feel better about Leo?
MONTANA: Terese, stop.
TERESE: Because I'm just really worried. I'm really worried that it's all gonna be hollow glitz and glamour, and we're all gonna have to pay for it - and I am really under pressure here.
MONTANA: It's not gonna be hollow glitz and glamour, Terese, it's gonna be the event of the season. And I am sorry that you have money issues, but that is not my problem. I have to do what's right for me.
Montana walks off, leaving Terese concerned again.
A road somewhere
Glen and Kiri are still driving, and discussing the new food menu that the vineyard is launching. Conversation moves to Glen's past, and Kiri asks if he's always been in Melbourne. He admits he came down from Queensland recently.
KIRI: Oh, my family's from Queensland. I lived there as a baby - not that I remember it. Okay, what else do I need to know about you? Have you been married, do you have any kids?
GLEN (evasive): My life's really not that interesting (...) Why don't we see if you can find any classics you can add some more poultry to?
David's not in the most sympathetic frame of mind, and preoccupied with his own concerns as Leo talks about his break-up with Montana.
DAVID: Did I leave my phone outside?
LEO (passes him the phone): Yeah. Along with your sympathy, apparently!
DAVID: Sorry, I'm listening.
LEO: David, I know you didn't like Montana, alright. You just needed to spend more time with her. You know, she was actually really warm and funny, and... when she let her guard down she was really sweet, and smart, and... she was amazing with Abigail.
But David, who has been fiddling with his phone since Leo passed it back to him - evidently hoping for news from Aaron or Freya - is now just staring into space. Annoyed, Leo asks what's going on, saying he could do with some brotherly support right now.
DAVID (angry): Sorry I'm not paying enough attention to your two-week affair! Maybe I'm preoccupied with the fact that my husband almost died, and everyone still expects me to be the one to keep them together!
LEO: I'm sorry, I - I should've checked in more.
DAVID: No, I - I'm sorry I snapped. It's just been a lot.
While Montana sits at a table, Terese updates Chloe at the bar, and frustratedly explains how Montana has done 'a complete 180' on the Fashion Week plans since yesterday - they're right back to square one. Paul appears and gets a quick sense that Terese is worried about the budget of the event. He says he'll leave it all in her capable hands, but smirks as he walks away.
Leo comes in as Paul leaves, and briefly makes eye contact with Montana, who looks as sad as he does that their relationship is over...
Glen is singing to himself as he cooks.
GLEN (singing): Got two chickens, a pair of dice...
Terese comes in and asks if it's chicken for dinner! Glen explains Kiri was singing the song in the car, and it stuck in his head. He says he's fine chatting to Kiri with work stuff, but as soon as it becomes personal, he can't say anything and feels like an idiot.
GLEN: In case I give myself away. She was asking about Queensland, and telling me how she lived there as a kid.
TERESE: Okay, listen (...) I know you didn't think you'd be able to work with her, but you've adjusted to that. Maybe you just need to make more of an effort to be friends with her? Not as hard as you think.
Chloe is showing off an outfit to Kiri, before leaving for work. Glen comes in as Chloe exits.
KIRI: Hey, I thought you'd be sick of me after a day of DJ Kiri riding shotgun?
GLEN (laughs): Glutton for punishment. I'm hungry, though - do you want to grab a bite to eat?
KIRI: Yeah, no cooking - I'm in.
Kiri goes to get changed, saying she'll be back in five. While she's gone, Glen sits down, and starts looking at the photos from Kiri's box of possessions, of Kiri as a child. He looks thoughtful.
David is tidying up, but the stress of worrying about the blackmailer is visibly getting to him. He gets a text from Aaron, apologising and saying he 'couldn't sell' the watches. David looks anxious.
Aaron and Freya are having a coffee and talking about the watches.
AARON: It was a good offer, I just... I couldn't do it.
FREYA: No, it's okay, really.
AARON: You know, I can always go back.
Levi comes in, and walks over to talk to Aaron. He wants to call in at The Shed tomorrow and start a new workout plan. Aaron is noncommittal, saying he's not sure what he's doing tomorrow yet. Levi promises to check in tomorrow, and says a slightly awkward hello to Freya, before leaving.
AARON: I keep coming back to The Shed as the solution.
FREYA: The business loan won't come through in time.
AARON: No, no, I can sell some equipment.
FREYA: Really? Okay, look, there's another option I've been thinking of. Just don't sell anything yet.
Glen is still looking at Kiri's photos. He then look at her birth certificate, which lists her as born on 8 August 1996 in Caloundra, Queensland, to parents Barbara and Alan Durant. Looking wistful, Glen replaces the certificate and photos in the box, but Chloe comes in as he's closing it, and sees him.
CHLOE: What are you doing?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Freya is talking to an unknown man, who tells her, 'Mum and Dad were gutted that you chose him over us'
- Freya retorts that they shouldn't have forced her to choose
- We see Glen has one of Kiri's photos; Terese tells him Kiri will find it odd if she realises he has it
- Nicolette tells Chloe that Glen is being 'so weird' around Kiri; Chloe thinks they should keep an eye out
- David tells Aaron and Freya, 'Isn't it obvious? He's the blackmailer. Who else could it be?'